On Thursday, September 16, 2003, George Ortega, creator of The Happiness Show, the world’s first television program entirely about happiness, premiered a third show for White Plains, New York cable subscribers called A Program to Increase Personal Happiness.
The 28 episode series, which aired immediately after The Happiness Show at 9:30 PM, was hosted by Dr. Michael Fordyce, who in 1977 published the world’s first happiness-increase experiment.
Through his pioneering experiments, papers and free on-line book Human Happiness; its Nature and it’s Attainment, Dr. Fordyce focused the entire field of happiness psychology on the end goal of all happiness research – helping us all become much happier. “A giant in his field, Michael Fordyce is to happiness what Sigmund Freud was to psychology,” according to Ortega, himself a happiness researcher and the show’s producer.
Dr. Fordyce began the series by explaining why happiness is the most important aspect of our lives, and went on to present in great detail his famous “Fourteen Fundamentals of Happiness” program for increasing personal happiness. The information he presented is not merely theory. Using this program, subjects in Dr. Fordyces’ experiments succeeded in increasing their happiness by twenty-five percent in a matter of weeks.